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Can we afford ceremonial president?

August 1, 2016 CLEVELAND — In normal times, the report this week that Donald Trump wanted John Kasich to be the real president would have made more of a splash. more »»

Where do true-blue patriots turn in 2016?

August 1, 2016 Where does a true patriot turn in the 2016 presidential election? The Democratic Party’s national convention is attempting to lay claim to the patriot mantle. Yet the party is not quite ther. more »»

Moving to middle is outdated tactic

July 30, 2016 Does Hillary Clinton understand the biggest divide in American politics is no longer between the right and the left, but between the anti-establishment and the establishment? I worry she doesn’t — a... more »»

Many teachers around here don’t take summer off

July 30, 2016 One of the biggest misconceptions I hear often is that teachers have it made — they get their summers off. From what I have witnessed, that is not true here in the Copper Country. more »»

Democratic Convention: Mission Partly Accomplished

July 30, 2016 It was a variant on a traditional convention for a party seeking a third straight term in the White House, attempting to overcome an apparent post-convention bounce for the opposition’s candidate:... more »»

Media’s ‘cry wolf’ problem with Trump

July 29, 2016 Dear Mainstream Media and Democrats: It’s your turn. more »»

Time for rancid presidential campaign: Midnight in America

July 29, 2016 In 1984, Hal Riney, a San Francisco advertising man, wrote and narrated “Morning in America,” which became the signature television commercial of Republican Ronald Reagan’s winning re-election... more »»

Clintons made cash by selling access

July 28, 2016 This week, as Democrats fawn over Hillary Clinton, I’m struck by how both Clintons continue to thrive despite their remarkable record of sleazy dealing. more »»

Campaigns end on Election Day. Revolutions live on.

July 28, 2016 The fervent prayer of old-line Democratic operatives and corporate funders is that the Sanders Storm will dissipate now that Hillary Clinton will get the nomination, thus allowing politics as usual... more »»

Election no longer contest of ideas

July 27, 2016 Well, that was sure ugly. more »»

Pence, Gingrich speeches resuscitate GOP convention

July 27, 2016 WASHINGTON — The shaky façade of party unity that the Trump campaign has sought to construct at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland endured a stiff test Wednesday night when it risked th... more »»

RNC Message: Be Very Afraid

July 26, 2016 My first up-close glimpse into the enduring power of political fearmongering came through a two-way mirror in 2006. more »»

Nation is groaning because wicked are in power

July 26, 2016 In 1926, speaking about the Declaration of Independence on its 150th anniversary, President Calvin Coolidge noted the unique philosophy behind the creation of the United States: “We cannot continue... more »»

Convention a stomach-churning affair

July 25, 2016 CLEVELAND — It was reported late in the second day of the GOP convention that a large number of Republican National Committee staffers were stricken with the norovirus. more »»

Cruz shows strength in speech but helped detoxify Trump

July 25, 2016 Ted Cruz’s electrifying performance at the 2016 Republican National Convention will be long remembered, and deservedly so. more »»

Clinton must overcome public distrust

July 23, 2016 Hillary Clinton’s six-point lead over Donald Trump in last month’s CBS News/New York Times poll evaporated as of mid-July. more »»

Police perceptions caught in social media cross fire

July 23, 2016 I was pulled over a while back. Immediately I tried figuring out what I’d done wrong. more »»

The Art of Politics in the Gutters of the Bowling Lanes

July 23, 2016 Now do not get me wrong. When it comes to following the current political scene, I am as focused as the next guy. I figure it is my civic duty, like returning library books on time. more »»

Nice massacre looms over conventions

July 22, 2016 Nice, France. Of all places. But of course a terrorist in love with death would choose one of the world’s most beautiful coastal cities to mow down innocents in a moment of celebration. more »»



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